Z7

Z7

The Z7 dash cam is a new camera released in August 2014 manufactured by a Chinese company called Shenzhen Dome Technology.  The Z7 is another camera based on the Novatek NT96650 processor and the Aptina AR0330 CMOS sensor.  Currently this camera is one of the most affordable with this processor and CMOS and sells for under $50.

Video quality during the day is very good and night quality is average.  The night video had some artifacts, is a bit grainy and sometimes has blue blotches but is brighter than the comparable G1W series of cameras.  Overall the video quality is on par, if not slightly better than the G1W cameras.

The Z7 records 1080p at 30f/s with an average bit rate of approximately 12,000kpbs. The camera comes with a 2″ screen but GPS is not available.  The size of the camera is 52mm x 57mm x 38mm.  While not the smallest camera, it is quite a bit smaller than the comparable G1W.  The Z7 comes with a suction cup mount, glossy black finish and 2 useless LED lights up front.  While not a perfect form factor, it is a bit better than the G1W.

We would like to thank reverend and sunny from our forum who provided detailed reviews on this camera.  Also check the entire Z7 subforum.

Size Comparison

G1WH (Top), Z7 (Bottom Left), G90 (Bottom Right) from our member Sunny

Mobius, G90, Z7 from our member reverend

Known problems

This camera has recently been released and there is limited information on reliability.

Sample Videos

Day Video

Night Video

Should I Purchase?

If you are on a budget and looking to spend under $50, the Dome Z7 is a camera to consider.  This is a low cost camera with decent performance, on par / marginally better than the G1W series cameras.

See what other owners have to say about the Z7 on our forum.

Where to purchase for lowest price

There are a few places to purchase this camera from. Price is under $50.

Firmware

Previous Firmware Versions

  • 2014071901

Specifications

 Z7
Price$50
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ManufacturerShenzhen Dome Technology
CountryChina
Specifications 
ProcessorNovatek NT96650
CMOSAptina AR0330
Channels1
Screen2"
GPS
G-Sensor
Wi-Fi
Parking Mode
Lock FilesAuto and Button
Video 
Max Resolution1080p 30fps
Max Bitrate (Mbps)12
Video FormatMOV
CompressionH.264
Diagonal Viewing Angle140°
Recording 
SD Card TypeMicroSD
Max Size (Spec)32GB
Max Size (User)64GB
Other 
Size (mm)52 x 57 x 38
MountSuction
Power Supply5V
Operating Temp
Battery210mAh
Release DateAug 2014
AppsNone
Unique FeaturesNone
Rating 
AdvantagesPrice
Video quality
DisadvantagesWavy background noise
Limited Support
Video Day
Video Night
Reliability
Size / Discreetness
Price
Available Support
Overall Rating
Final WordA good alternative to the G1W if you are on a budget and would like something smaller.

Published: September 27, 2014